aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Publishers Lunch & Do you think the market for paranormal books is getting too crowded?

I"m wondering if the market for paranormal books is getting to be like the market for chick lit books. First it was hot, then it was crowded, and now it's difficult to sell one unless you have a completely unique angle.

Here are some recent paranormal deals from Publisher's Marketplace, the paid version of Publisher's Lunch. What? You're not getting Lunch? You should be. You'll get free daily emails with lots of industry news.

I think their paid service is great for writers looking for agents or editors. For $20 a month, you can do all this (and a lot more):
- Search the deal database containing thousands of transactions, complete with ballpark figures on how much the advance was.
- Search the Who Represents database of authors and agents.
- View extracts from book reviews from over 60 newspapers and magazines, with links.

Anyway, the paranormal deals:
Dan Waters' GENERATION DEAD, about dead kids who enroll at a high school, and a a goth girl who starts dating a dead boy, to Alessandra Balzer at Hyperion, in a two-book deal, by Al Zuckerman at Writers House (world English).

Heather Davis's debut NEVER CRY WEREWOLF, in which a 16 year-old girl, banished to brat camp, develops a crush on the hot son of an English rocker, except there's one big problem: he's a werewolf and the camp counselor has confiscated his anti-change drug, to Anne Hoppe at Harper Children's, in a nice deal, by Stephen Barbara at the Donald Maass Literary Agency (World).

Marlene Perez's DEAD IS THE NEW BLACK, the first in the Psy-Chicks trilogy, in which three sisters with psychic powers solve paranormal mysteries in their California high school, where a "dead" look is becoming suspiciously in vogue among the popular girls, to Julie Tibbott at Harcourt Children's, at auction, in a three-book deal, by Stephen Barbara at the Donald Maass Literary Agency (NA)

Author Child X and Missing Abby, Lee Weatherly's eight-book series GLITTERWINGS, set in a magical school for fairies, is based in a huge oak tree, full of details about fairy school life and lessons, to Emma Matthewson at Bloomsbury Children's, at auction, for publication in 2008, by Caroline Sheldon (world).

And look at this deal for a new book. How would you describe its genre? I have no idea, but it's getting tons of buzz. Sometimes it's good to create your own genre: Eileen Favorite's THE HEROINES, about "a guesthouse on an American prairie where a mother and daughter cater to heroines from literature," to Nan Graham at Scribner, and Susan Sandon at Random House UK, by Caroline Michel of William Morris Agency.

What do you think? Is the market for paranormals getting crowded?

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